Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local, state and national competitions. The flame symbolizes courage and the celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run in New York involves 56 legs with nearly 6,000 law enforcement officers from over 470 agencies who pass the Special Olympics New York “Flame of Hope” across the State. This year, all of the legs will converge in Albany in June for the lighting of the cauldron during the Special Olympics New York Summer Games Opening Ceremony.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® began in 1981 in Kansas. After three years of successful runs in Kansas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police endorsed Special Olympics International as its official charity through the Torch Run.
In New York in 2017, more than $2 million was raised for our athletes directly through Law Enforcement fundraisers. To date, these initiatives have raised over $14 million dollars, providing training, equipment, venues, uniforms and transportation for our Special Olympic New York Athletes and Unified Partners.
The Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many additional fundraising platforms. In New York State there are many ways to get involved: Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cop, Cops-On-Top, Torch Runs, Law & Orders and many more. These events are led by New York State Law Enforcement who volunteer their time for Special Olympics New York.
For more information contact:
New York State Law Enforcement Torch Run Director, Special Olympics NY Board of Directors
and Retired Lieutenant of the New York State Police
Luke Folts Rebecca Hoffmann
Upstate LETR Liaison Downstate LETR Liaison
Tel: (585) 358-0589 Tel: (631) 458-1570
Regions: Capital, Western, Genesee, Central, Regions: Long Island, New York City
Southern Tier and North Country and Hudson Valley